Interview with Badi

21 year old language student Badi shares how he created and released his very first song

His name is Badi (Badia in Tunisian but the a is silent) he's 21 years old and a student at the Normandie University. He studies languages: English, Spanish and Arabic. He's also a content creator on TikTok and Instagram and an influencer, and a big fan of photography and song writing. 

Tell us about your latest release, what's it about?

My latest release is actually my first ever song out, it’s called "Criminel", a song I wrote last year when I was on vacation in the south of France. It was all good until I got my heart broken for the first time, I was so sad and felt so down, that’s what inspired. 

How did you record it?

To record the song, I sent a DM to a friend of mine who have a little studio in his bedroom, and I told him about this song I wrote last year. I sent him the lyrics and a really bad quality recording from my iPhone of me singing the chorus and then created the instrumental. I changed some lyrics and asked him to be part of this by making it a duo. So he wrote his lyrics and then I went to his house and we recorded everything in like two hours, it was so cool, we were vibing, recording over and over again. 

How did you distribute it?

To distribute the song I used Distrokid, it seemed simple and easy and some friends that got their music out recommended it. 

How did you promote it?

Promoting the song was actually the best part, telling the world that I released a song for the first time ever was such a good feeling. We did a photo shoot with a friend of mine and then I edited pictures my way, I created the song artwork, wanted it to have like a vintage vibe, I edited some videos to promote the song on each social media I had. And when the song got out, I used my Instagram and Tiktok community to spread the word out and people loved it.

Badi smiling in mirror

The music industry is in a state of flux right now, where do you see it heading?

Actually, I feel like the music industry right now is easier and more artist friendly. To be honest, two years ago, getting a song out was just a dream to me, it seemed so hard to get a label which is why I’m so thankful for Distrokid and with TikTok today, artists literally get viral overnight, so I like here it’s going. 

What's the most important thing missing from Songwhip?

I used songwhip because I saw an instagram ad and to be honest it has everything and artist needs, if only the statistics were more detailed to get even more information like on Spotify Artists it would be cool, other than that it’s perfect, my fans like it, "easy to use" they say. 

Which artist do you look up to the most and why?

 The artist that I look up to and that inspires me the most is actually Lana Del Rey, I love the way she writes it so inspiring, I know all her lyrics by heart and she also have an amazing voice and other than that, she’s not like all artists these days, she’s simple and down to earth and I really love that.

Badi walking in street with ice cream

What artist tools/services (Songwhip aside 😉) can't you live without

Since I released my song, I actually can’t stop refreshing Spotify for Artists, I love the way they display statistics. I spend my time checking it out for updates lol.

What is your advice to other indie artists to help fund their work?

Financially speaking, Besides Distrokid’s subscription I didn’t spend any money so far, that means that any artist can actually get really good music out without spending huge amounts of money.

Anything else you'd like to plug?

Well not that much actually, I’m so happy to be part of this industry now, being called an "Artist" for me is actually a big deal lol.

I’m just so thrilled for my next release which is going to be soon, can’t wait to walk through the process of album art making, video editing, recording etc again. 

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